PIG – Pediatrics Interest Group


Co-Presidents Emma Powers & Daniel Valladares
Co-Treasurers Samantha Korn & Pranshu Bhardwaj
Director of Community Service Ashley Frye

Child Advocacy in Action

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics has been focusing on child literacy. Our group is tackling this issue on a local level through the Medical Student Reading Buddy Program. Medical students can sign up to spend their lunch hour with the inspiring and adorable patients in the immunocompromised unit of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital! Each time students come, they will be paired with a little one and provided with a book and activity packet to give to the patient, as well as a tablet to play some online games together. Sign-ups are posted on the Pediatric Interest Group Facebook page (see below). Please contact the officers with any questions or suggestions.

Pre-med Students: Interested in a career in Pediatrics? Consider joining pediatricians, residents, fellows, and medical students across the country in advocating for child literacy by volunteering to read to kids in the waiting rooms of our Shands clinics. Visit https://ufhealth.org/volunteering and select “Children’s Medical Services” from the “Service Areas” menu to learn more about getting involved. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of the officers with questions or for more information.

Learn more about Reach Out & Read at www.reachoutandread.org

Learn more about the American Academy of Pediatrics child literacy efforts at www.aap.org/literacy/


The mission of Pediatric Interest Group (PedsIG) is to educate medical students about the science and art of pediatric medicine. This group will offer a place for students interested in pediatric medicine to learn more about what it means to be a pediatrician and what issues are present in the field. PedsIG will also allow students to foster relationships with like-minded peers, faculty members, and community physicians.

What is Pediatrics?

Pediatrics is a branch of medicine that deals with the care of infants, children, and adolescents. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Pediatricians focus on the physical, emotional, and social health of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults from birth to 21 years. Developmentally oriented and trained in skilled assessment, their patient-care lens is focused on prevention, detection, and management of physical, behavioral, developmental, and social problems that affect children. Pediatricians diagnose and treat infections, injuries, and many types of organic disease and dysfunction (Pediatrics 101).”

Pediatric Residency & Fellowship

After completing medical school, individuals wishing to become certified in Pediatrics must complete 3 years of residency training at an ACGME-accredited program. After completing a residency in pediatrics, one is eligible for fellowships to further subspecialize in several areas. Currently, the subspecialities recognized by the American Board of Pediatrics include:

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Child Abuse
  • Developmental-Behavioral
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology-Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nephrology
  • Rheumatology
  • Transplant Hepatology
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Sports Medicine

Future Events

  • Any and all ideas for future events are welcomed and can be e-mailed to any of the officers!

Shadowing Opportunities

Contact any of the officers for shadowing opportunities in:

  • Pulmonology
  • General Pediatrics
  • Neurology
  • PICU
  • Neonatology
  • Hospitalist Medicine
  • Imm/Rheumatology
  • Newborn Nursery
  • Nephrology
  • Endocrinology
  • Child Protection Team
  • Gastroenterology
  • TTP (Transition to Private Practice)
  • Infectious Disease
  • Emergency
  • Advocacy
  • Adolescent
  • Sports Medicine
  • Continuity Clinics
  • Cardiology
  • Development
  • Hem/Onc
  • Continuity Clinic
  • Genetics

Grand Rounds

Pediatric Grand Rounds are held every Thursday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM in C1-4.

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